Smooth: Ortiz, Victorino shave for charity
World Series MVP David Ortiz and Boston Red Sox teammate Shane Victorino had their beards shaved for charity Monday to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in April.
The "shave-offs" occurred at Gillette's world headquarters. The Boston company donated $100,000 to The One Fund, which is assisting victims of the April 15 bombings and their families. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured near the finish line that day.
Ortiz, fresh off his third World Series title with the Red Sox, joked that it's a perfect look for his offseason.
"I'm going down south -- someplace warm," he said. "I feel fresh. I've got to keep it real. It's not that cold down there."
Sitting in one of two barber's chairs to Ortiz's right, Victorino appeared a bit shocked when he looked into a handheld mirror and realized his beard was gone. He later tweeted a series of photos of the event.
Before and After. pic.twitter.com/10MBDnK8Sd— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) November 4, 2013
"I'm a World Series champion, and I look like I'm 12 years old," Victorino said.
Ortiz had his most of his beard shaved, leaving only a goatee.
"He's a three-time champ and I'm a two-time champ, and he's a little more tenured in the city than I am," Victorino said. "It's a different look for me and something I'm definitely not accustomed to."
But he did find another reason to enjoy his fresh look.
"My kids will be excited," he said. "I don't know if they're going to recognize me when I walk in the door. My daughter was tugging on it last night and said, 'When are you going to shave it?' I didn't want to let the secret out. She was still sleeping when I left this morning."
Ortiz couldn't resist teasing his fresh-faced teammate.
"He looks like he's in fifth grade. You going back to school?" Big Papi said. "Mine will grow very fast. I don't think I'll have any problems letting it grow. I don't know about this guy."
Victorino said he's hoping to grow a beard back by spring training.
"It was a battle. We fought to get that beard," Victorino said.
"Mike Nap said, 'You touch that one more time, and we're going to have to need a new DH,'" Ortiz recalled.
Napoli and Gomes had the biggest, bushiest beards on the club.
"It was a goal to come in and play hard and finish the season like we did for all the people that were struggling from the marathon, all the family members, the whole New England area that struggled with this and the whole country that struggled with this," Ortiz said.
Joining Ortiz and Victorino were Fenway Park bullpen and Boston police officer Steve Horgan and fan Michael Grant of Leicester, Mass. Grant was selected from Gillette's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Horgan, stationed in the Red Sox's bullpen, became an instant celebrity after he was photographed with his arms in the air celebrating Ortiz's grand slam in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series as Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter flipped over the short fence with his legs straight upward.
"I started it a week before the playoffs," Horgan said of his full beard.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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